Deerfield considers your academic record as well as your standardized test scores to provide us with the most complete academic portrait possible. All candidates are required to submit standardized testing taken during the school year prior to entrance. All standardized testing organizations provide dates throughout the year to take the tests we require for admission.
Candidates for grades 9 and 10 should take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Although most students take the SSAT, the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE), administered by the Educational Records Bureau, is also acceptable.
Candidates applying to grade 11 should take the SSAT, Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) or the ISEE. Candidates applying for grade 12, or for a postgraduate year, should take the PSAT, SAT Reasoning Test or ACT.
In addition to taking the standardized test appropriate to your grade level, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must also be taken by any student for whom English is not spoken at home or for whom English has not been the primary language of instruction for least three years. A minimum TOEFL score of 105 is required for application. Candidates who do not have access to the SSAT or TOEFL, or who have questions about using other tests, should contact the Admission Office.